Housing Mobility

Public housing agencies (PHAs) and nonprofits have been implementing housing mobility programs to help families with housing choice voucher (HCVs) access a wide range of housing options and to better enable HCV program participants to access and maintain residency in Opportunity Areas. Despite the program’s intent to provide housing choice and the wide body of evidence of the positive aspects of living in a lower-poverty neighborhood, families with HCVs tend to live in highly segregated and high-poverty neighborhoods, even compared to other low-income non-subsidized renters.

Housing mobility programs tend to offer a combination of pre- and post-move supportive services, housing search assistance, financial support to program participants, property owner outreach, and housing mobility-enhancing administrative policies that aim to help families with HCVs to have better access to Opportunity Areas.

 An emerging body of evidence from the Moving to Opportunity study and others suggests that families able to access Opportunity Areas with their HCV realize a variety of health and socioeconomic benefits, especially for people who move as young children. For these reasons, among others, numerous housing mobility programs operate around the country.

Although there has been limited federal funding available for these programs, recently, Congress has funded two key initiatives for implementing housing mobility programs:

Additionally, HUD also issued guidance regarding the use of Administrative Fees for housing search assistance, landlord incentives, and other housing mobility-enhancing activities. HUD conducted a webinar on the use of these funds as well.

Housing Mobility Toolkit

A wide range of materials were developed for CCD implementation and HUD’s technical assistance provider, FirstPic, modified these materials and have made them available for use by any PHA interested in implementing a housing mobility program. On the HUD Exchange, PHAs can find a Housing Mobility Toolkit with the following information, and more:

  • Program Set-Up Guide: A starting point for PHAs interested in developing a housing mobility program
  • Program Manual: A detailed housing mobility program services implementation guide
  • Client Binder: A sample set of materials for use by the housing mobility program clients
  • Sample workshops: A sample set of workshops and guides



HUD and FirstPic hosted a Housing Mobility Toolkit webinar series. Recordings of the webinars, and slides, are available below:

Additional Housing Mobility Resources

HUD previously conducted a webinar series (see links below) on the CCD to share information on the early stages of implementation. 

And, HUD conducted a webinar as part of the utilization series on housing mobility best practices:

Recording | Slides

HUD has made available a simple opportunity mapping tool for PHAs.

Housing Mobility-related Services NOFO

On November 27, 2023 HUD announced 7 PHA sites that were awarded funding through the  Housing Mobility-Related Services Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Through this NOFO, HUD made available $25,000,000 for housing mobility-related services for voucher families with children modeled after services provided in connection with the Community Choice Demonstration. The overall purpose of these housing mobility-related services funds, made available under the 2022 Appropriations Act, is to expand housing choices for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) families with children by increasing access to opportunity neighborhoods with high-performing schools, access to jobs, low crime, parks, and other amenities.



HUD hosted two webinars for the Housing Mobility-related Services NOFO.

  • On June 22nd from 2-3 pm eastern, HUD held an overview webinar of the NOFO.
  • On July 13th from 2-3 pm eastern, HUD held an overview webinar of the data tools for the NOFO.  

Data Tools

The following data tools were made available for the NOFO application process.